• Question: What were your grades for the main subjects (English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics) when you did your GCSE's ?

    Asked by Chelsea to Andreas, Arianna, Daniel, Gergely, Imogen, Joel, Kanta, Mario, Martin, Mary-Kay, Nayeli, Ophélie, Patrick, Pawan, Priyanka, Raquel, Rohan, Sabina, Sami, Sam, Sarah, Tom on 21 Sep 2017.
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      Sarah Finnegan answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      Mine were English (BB), Maths (B), Chemistry (B), Biology (B) and Physics (B)…. solid B’s it looks like!

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      Sam Parsons answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      I was pretty solid Bs too. I got an A in maths, but that was more down to being pushed quite hard for that 🙂

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      Joel Butler answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      Oh God… well, since you asked…
      English Lit: A* (and one of the top 5 scores nationwide)
      English: A*
      Maths: A (2 marks short of A*)
      Science: A*A*
      Yeah, I know. Never be ashamed of doing well, though!

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      Imogen Goold answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      I was in Australia, where we had HSC instead of GCSEs. Mine were all Credits (like an A*), I’m afraid – I was quite keen on school!

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      Kanta Dihal answered on 21 Sep 2017:


      I’m not entirely sure since this was 10 years ago and I don’t have the record with me, but I think it was English A*, Maths B, Chemistry A, Biology A, Physics A.

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      Mario Collura answered on 22 Sep 2017:


      I took my secondary school qualification in Italy… the system is different.
      All I can say is that, at the end of the secondary education,
      I was really good in Maths, Physics and Chemistry with maximum score; but also in
      “Italiano” (which correspond to your “English” here) I was quite good.

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      Rohan Kapitany answered on 22 Sep 2017:


      I didn’t do GCSE’s, I’m from Australia. But I can tell you that I was a straight-B student (occasionally an A-). In university I did a bit better, but during my honours year (like a Masters), I got a 2A (which is middling-to-high). Those grades put me at a disadvantage for entering my PhD course.

      But I met great people, and put together a challenging project. I think hardwork is rewarded moreso than grades, and the people who choose to hire you (or select you, or award you, or whatever) try to look for these things (at least this was true in my case).

      In my opinion (this may be unpopular), grades are mostly indicative of your ability to take a test. Not what you know, how you think, or what you’re capable of.

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      Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez answered on 22 Sep 2017:


      I was in Mexico, where we a different system, but I only had the equivalent of A*

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      Priyanka Dhopade answered on 22 Sep 2017:


      I was in Canada when I did the equivalent of GCSE’s, and I got: English (A*) Maths (A*), Chemistry (A), Physics (A)
      I didn’t take biology.

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      Daniel Brown answered on 22 Sep 2017:


      I did what was known as ‘Double Science’ which covered Chemistry, Physics and Biology back in my GCSE exams, where I received AA.

      I achieved either a B or B+ in English and Maths (I can’t remember exactly).

      However, I am most proud of my A in Food Technology where I was originally projected an E!

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      Pawan Kumar answered on 23 Sep 2017:


      I was in India, again a different system. I was good in Physics and Maths and average in Chemistry.

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      Mary-Kay Thompson answered on 24 Sep 2017:


      I’m American, so I didn’t have GCSE’s. I guess the closest thing would be Advanced Placement (AP) exams at the end of high school. I am quite a keen studier, so I got the equivalent of A’s on most of them, but a B in Calculus. I never really liked math in school or university, but then in graduate school I discovered it is actually really useful and I’m not too bad at it when feeling motivated:) So maybe the moral of the story is to be open-minded and not assume you’re ‘bad’ at something if it doesn’t seem to come naturally at first.

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      Martin Pickup answered on 25 Sep 2017:


      Sorry if this isn’t very reassuring, but I got A* in all my main subjects at GCSE. It’s helpful to do well at that stage, but it isn’t everything (I know this from my work in admissions).

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      Sabina Fiolna answered on 25 Sep 2017:


      I come from Poland that has a different shool system. At the end of my secondary school I had to sit only one exam in English. Thanks to participation in nationwide subject-related contests I got highest degrees in other exams automatically and gained a free entry to many courses at all of Polish universities.
      But, what I observed later in time, the exam results loose their meaning quite fast. Once you’re enrolled at the university you need to start to work hard again and everyone forgets about their results. Good or bad exam results do not determine your future that much.

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      Raquel Pinacho answered on 26 Sep 2017:


      I am from Spain, so no GCSE’s back home! We finish secondary school at 16, before we go onto the equivalent of A levels (we call it Bachillerato). At the end of secondary school I had all A’s and some A*, or as the grading system works in Spain, all 9’s and 10’s (where the max is 10) in Biology, Maths, Chemistry and Physics. Also in English, but we had it as a foreign language, so I don’t think it’d be the same! 😉

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